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OPSU President Dave Bryant, left, and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Outreach Wayne Manning, right, welcome Teri Mora to OPSU.
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**For Immediate Release**
Teri Mora Translates Vision into Action
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 08-19-05
by Laura Dahl

Oklahoma Panhandle State University aspires to reflect the population demographic of its service area. With Hispanic enrollment at 54% in Guymon Public Schools last year, OPSU is committed to achieving this goal. Few objectives are realized without specific action, and Teri Mora of Guymon was recently hired as Director of Hispanic Student Services.

A highly successful public school teacher, Mora possesses a number of awards including the Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award in 2003 for implementing a folkloric ballet dance group in Guymon Public Schools. In 2002, she received the Oklahoma Multicultural Teacher of the Year award, and she continues to serve on the Governor’s Advisory Council for Latin American and Hispanic Affairs.

When asked about those honors, she modestly said, “I work with kids, and I happen to be good at it. I wouldn’t have any of it without the kids.” But the truth is that Teri Mora gives 100% of herself in everything she does, including teaching her students respect, pride in their heritage, and the value of an education.

She will continue that dedication in higher education. She plans to increase Hispanic enrollment in order for OPSU to become an Hispanic-serving institution. She will also visit area Oklahoma public schools to help students enroll in the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP). Funded by the state, OHLAP offers eligible students financial help with their college tuition. The prospective college students must take certain high school courses, maintain good grades, and model leadership. The program emphasizes that all Oklahoma public school students can attend college, even those from families who might not otherwise be able to afford it.

Teri also plans to implement a number of cultural activities. Kicking things off, OPSU will celebrate national Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15-October 15. Events in the planning stage include Salsa night, which will include dancing and games plus salsa and chips. She also hopes to host a traditional Hispanic musical event, perhaps with the newly formed OPSU mariachi band. Other plans include folkloric dancing and an evening centered around traditional Latin American and Mexican food.

Mora said, “I see endless possibilities at OPSU. I had a vivid mental picture of the OPSU mariachi band leading the Aggie football team onto the field at Carl Wooten Stadium, and that clinched it for me. I want to serve where the vision is, and OPSU has that vision.”

OPSU President Dave Bryant said, “We pride ourselves on putting students first. Students respond to Teri’s friendliness, positive attitude and energy, and we are fortunate to have her leading OPSU’s effort to serve all Hispanic students in the area.”

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